Some of the other many tourist attractions include the Art Weekend at Thandanani and some of the most fascinating San Artwork to be seen in South Africa.
Not too far from Thabazimbi is the town of Lephalale (Ellisras), where you will find the world largest dry cooled
power station called Matimba.
Some of the other many tourist attractions include the
Art Weekend at Thandanani and some of the most fascinating San
Artwork to be seen in South Africa.
Did you know that the name Modimolle means 'Spirits have eaten'? The original name was Nylstroom, called thus after some Voortrekkers
came across the north-flowing river and mistook it for the source of
Nile River in Egypt.
The fact that there is a pyramid shaped hill
close by only served to strengthen this misconception.
Modimolle, Limpopo, South Africa, is a
charming town which serves as the commercial centre of the
Waterberg. Modimolle's landmark is a solitary hill named Kranskop.
This is the reason for the new name of this town in Limpopo, as this
hill is revered to as Modimolle hill by the African people in the
area who used to leave offerings of food for their forefather's spirits.
The Anglo-Boer war concentration camp was established in
Nylstroom /Modimolle, South Africa in 1901.
of Polokwane in Limpopo, South Africa serves as
the capital of Limpopo, South Africa and is a definite must see for
the tourist as it boasts numerous attractions and activities as well
as serving as the economic center for the total area of South
Africa, north of Gauteng.
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In 1884 this land (Polokwane, South
Africa) was made available for settlement by the ZAR (Zuid
Afrikaanshe Republiek) and was named Pietersburg in honor of the
revered Voortrekker leader General Pieter Jacobus Joubert and was
proclaimed in 1886.
This city has enjoyed a hundred and twenty years
of prosperity and has grown rapidly due to its geographical
The city of Pietersburg was one of the first places in
South Africa to change its name to
Polokwane, which in the local language translates to ‘Place of
One of South Africas most tourist friendly towns is Tzaneen (Tzaneen is derived from the word 'tsaneng' which means
'come together' in an African Language) and is situated in the
foothills of the impressive Wolkberg (Cloud Mountain).
A must see
as it is a gem of a tourist destination. Tzaneen,
Limpopo, South Africa is a subtropical paradise with indigenous and
exotic plants and forms the heart of the Valley of the Olifants
Tzaneen is the second largest town in the Limpopo province
of South Africa and Tzaneen is seen as the 'capital' of the lovely
Letaba District which are more than 2000 square kilometers of
tropical and subtropical farming in the Letsitele River Valley - a
real tourist destination with a great variety of accommodation.
The Tzaneen area is where the Shangaan and the
Sotho people originated and their ethnic cultures and lifestyles are
shown in a living Museum in Tzaneen on the Hans
Merensky Nature Reserve.
The Hans Merensky Nature Reserve is an
ideal Tourist rendezvous point that offers accommodation and lots of
information on Limpopo.This is a destination that suites all
tastes and pockets with an impressive range of accommodation,
several that have brought particular honour to the region through
their national awards for excellence.
Bela / Warmbaths, South Africa was
originally named Warmbad, but has now been renamed.
This town in
Limpopo derived the name Bela Bela from the Tswana language and can
be loosely translated as ‘boiling-boiling'. A natural spring
providing 22000 liters per hour of therapeutic water at 50°C. It was only in
the 1870's that the then Transvaal Government decided to buy the land to
build a resort and support the township in the area Bela Bela now
offers many types of accommodation, recreation and extreme sports.
The small charming traditional 'boere' town of Louis
Limpopo, South Africa is nestled close to the Soutpansberg (Salt Pan
This is South Africa's most northern mountain range and
this rugged terrain is filled with a famous tourist attraction - the
giant baobab trees. The Soutpansberg mountain range at Louis
Trichardt, South Africa is 130km long and is so named because of the
large salt pan situated on the western slopes.eagles, falcons and other
predatory bird species
Limpopo is the most northerly town in South Africa and is close to
the Great North road and the border post to Zimbabwe and thus, the
rest of Africa!
The rich copper fields in the North Country
ultimately led to the founding and growth of Musina (then called
Musina – the Afrikaans spelling).
In Prehistoric times the Musina
African tribe discovered the copper and called it Musina, in their
language this word meant ‘spoiler'.
The Musina tribe thought copper
to be a poor substitute to Iron hence the name! It was rediscovered
in the 20 th Century by prospectors.
Today Musina, South Africa is
the centre of a large iron ore, semi-precious stone, diamond, coal,
graphite, magnetite and copper mining area.
The Waterberg offers a mosaic of exceptional scenic landscape, a fascinating cultural heritage, an abundance of wildlife species and many nature-based tourism activities.
Vaalwater is the central village of the Waterberg area, the
heart of the Bushveld region. The Waterberg has been described as South Africa's best keep secret, its rugged beauty and its diversity of plant and animal life, has led to the development of the biosphere reserve and the Waterberg Nature Conservancy - the amalgamation of conservation
areas in order to protect more than 150 000 hectares of the
Waterberg-habitat.The Waterberg Mountain range, incorporating many rivers, streams
and swamps, stretches for 150 kilometres in a long arc from
Thabazimbi in the West, Nylstroom/Modimolle in the centre to
Potgietersrus/Mokopane in the east. Apart from the spectacular
scenery of the mountains themselves, there are many game
sanctuaries, nature reserves and farms.The 75 mammal species include big game such as elephant,
lion, white and black rhino, hippo, leopard and buffalo.
African python and Nile crocodile are also resident, and
it is a birdwatchers' paradise with more than 300 bird
There are also the artists and wilderness routes. See Places to See for further information.
All of these activities and places of interest make Limpopo the ideal tourist destination in South Africa.
Unspoilt wilderness areas contrast with the more modern, sophisticated resorts and cities in a land of legend and romance.
The town of Phalaborwa is situated within easy walking distance of the Phalaborwa entrance to the renowned Kruger National Park.
Phalaborwa forms an ideal base from which to explore this famous national game reserve, with the comfort of many accommodation options and a small shopping mall for convenience.
Phalaborwa is often referred to as the town with two summers due to the fact that it never really gets cold there, even in winter. So for a tourist destination this is a "must see". Tourists can visit here all year round without having to pack their heavy coats! The Olifants River winds its way past Phalaborwa through the Klasserie Nature Reserve (an area of 62 500ha) and into the Kruger National Park.
THE HISTORY OF LIMPOPO AND SURROUNDING TOWNS
South Africa's tourist friendly Limpopo was originally named Northern Transvaal. The name was changed to Northern Province and was thereafter changed to Limpopo Province at the turn of the century. The new name was chosen because the Limpopo River is a prominent feature in the province.
With wildlife sanctuaries. hot mineral springs. sparkling trout waters. the Limpopo Province really is a source of endless fascination. This vast area is jam-packed with so many interesting things to do and places to see, and is best known for the game farms and reserves that recreate the original wildness of this lovely bushveld-rich province.
Accommodation in Limpopo ranges from affordable B&B accommodation to more upmarket B&B's and Guest Houses, to very exclusive Game lodges and Reserves. In fact, there is accommodation on offer to suit every pocket.
Campsites and caravan parks abound, as do backpacker's camps. There are many and varied activities and things to do in Limpopo. Hunting Safaris are particularly popular in Limpopo, as are game viewing safaris, fishing, including trout fishing, hiking, wilderness routes, and of course, the ever-popular golfing.
Limpopo Province is a highly sought after holiday and tourist destination, in particular because of the many exclusive and luxurious private Game Farms and Game reserves, where one is assured of seeing the "Big 5" - Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino.
The summers in Limpopo, have above average summer temperatures, and a very comfortable and moderate temperature for the rest of the year.
One of the main attractions in Hoedspruit is Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, along with the Hoedspruit Research
and Breeding Centre for Endangered Species where more than 70 cheetahs and the "Painted Wolf" or Cape Hunting Dog, vultures at their restaurant and other rare animals can be seen.
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